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(d 1988 )

John Harbison is one of America’s foremost composers and the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Pulitzer Prize for music, the Heinz Award, and the prestigious title of Institute Professor for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1969. A prolific composer in a variety of mediums and genres, his style is often viewed as eclectic, open to every musical resource available. Influences include jazz, serialism, and neo-classicism, with Stravinsky and especially Bach predominantly impacting his compositional style.

Role: Classical Composer 
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